'Crown our Heroes' - Artist creates mural on Billericay pub as a thank you to our NHS and keyworkers

The Crown Pub on Billericay High Street (Image Credit:Danny Bench)

Article by Charlotte Henry: 'Crown our Heroes' is the message that has been painted onto the focal wall of The Crown pub on Billericay High St in Essex which has also been beautifully illustrated with a mural of an NHS keyworker - an image which by now, should resonate with all of us.

As the NHS struggles to cope under the pressures of the pandemic, this image is a reminder of what keyworkers have been and are currently facing. It is also a visual reminder to all of us to do what we must to stay safe and protect the NHS.

The mural was created by Danny Bench, 46 from Chelmsford in Essex. He said:

"This mural was created for my client who runs The Crown pub. Having previously painted a Remembrance Day piece for them last year, my client wanted another mural painted on the front of the pub to show appreciation for all the NHS and key workers who have given their all through these dark times. The wall was prepped and painted before my arrival. I started by sketching the artwork onto the wall and then filled in with colours and shading using spray paint and then given a rough outline with black paint pens. To complete the piece I added some black paint splatters, a 'Crown Our Heroes' tag and sealed the wall with a clear lacquer"

Danny's biggest clients are Liverpool Football Club and Fortnite. He also travels all over the UK creating his murals and bringing joy to many. He added:  

"This mural was such an honour to paint and a pleasure to give something back for our amazing NHS."

Joshua Gibson, owner of The Crown Pub, said:

"We feel so strongly in supporting the NHS workers in all the hard work and hours they do in these dark times. So we wanted to show them how much they mean to us at The Crown. We had the amazing Danny Bench help bring this to the front of our beautiful pub. We respect and appreciate all the hard work that all of the NHS workers are doing right now. 'Keep your spirits high', we thank you at The Crown."

You can view more of Danny's work on his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MuralsByDannyBench and via his Instagram - murals_by_danny_bench

Article by Charlotte Henry, InYourArea